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Samuel C. Wait, Jr.
Associate Dean, School of Science Emeritus
Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
School of Science
1C05 Science Center
Troy, New York 12180-3590
Telephone: (518) 276-6305
Fax: (518) 276-2825
THE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AT RENSSELAER
SCHOOL OF SCIENCE
The School of Science is comprised of six departments - Biology,
Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental
Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physics - and a Center
for Biophysics/Biochemistry. The Darrin Fresh Water Institute, with
laboratories at Lake George as well as in Troy, is also based in
the School of Science.
Many students and faculty in science participate
in the Research
Centers including composite materials,
integrated electronics, design, manufacturing productivity, robotics, etc.
Some departments and organizations in the School of Science have a WWW
home page - you can access these from here:
Curriculum Committee of the School of Science
The following web site contains Course Additions and Course Deletions
or Changes. They may then be sent to the Office of the Dean of Science.
Course Additions,changes and deletions.
This periodic table contains much useful information about the
I was an advisor to the Schenectady County (New York) Hazardous Materials Team.
You may wish to view information on the safety of chemicals. Such information
is contained in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Material Safety Data
THE DUDLEY OBSERVATORY
Dudley Observatory or
The Dudley Observatory was founded in 1852 in Albany, New York. Through the
years it has had an active program of cataloging stars, studying cosmic dust,
and educating the public about astronomy, astrophysics and the history of
science. Today, Dudley has an extensive library, including a collection of
rare books that are housed at the Union College Library and serves as a private
foundation making grants for research.
I was President of the Board of Trustees from 1991 though 2002.
Dudley maintains the Skywatch telephone line that is updated with local
astronomical information on a daily basis. The telephone number is
A new picture of astronomical interest is posted every day by NASA. Astronomical Picture of the
Schenectady County Community College
I am a member of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Advisory Committee for
County Community College.
Where I Live
I live in the
Niskayuna , and have been an active Volunteer Fireman since the
summer of 1966.
My wife, Carol, retired in June 2000 after twenty-seven years as a serials librarian at the Capitol District Library Council.
My son, Bob, is entering a new career as a management consultant.
My daughter, Alison Grossblatt-Wait, is Project Manager, Data and Business Analyst, Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Oregon Health & Science University
I am tracing my ancestors and have found them in Scotland. My greatgrandfather, James Wait, emigrated to Canada and then to Mineville, NY. His parents were in North Berwick, Scotland. Here is some genealogy:
I enjoy scuba diving, especially in warm water, and have travelled to Heron
Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Cozumel and several sites in the Caribbean.
On one dive at Stella Maris on Long Island we took down a bucket of meat to
feed the sharks. It was an awesome sight.